Pruitt directly asked Trump to replace Sessions with him

Gwen Vasquez
July 4, 2018

The fresh allegation that Pruitt enlisted a subordinate to perform personal duties comes on top of reports that he asked an aide to seek a business opportunity for his wife from the fast-food franchise Chick-fil-A, and that she received $2,000 from Concordia, a New York City-based nonprofit that had asked Pruitt to speak at an event past year.

"I just want to urge you to resign because of what you're doing to the environment", Mink, whose Facebook page identifies her as a high school teacher, told Pruitt.

This most recent run-in comes at a time when many in Trump's administration are being confronted in public.

In an interview with the New York Post, Mink, a 33-year-old mother from Silver Spring, Maryland, said that she saw Pruitt sitting three tables away as she ate lunch with her family in Washington, D.C.'s Teaism restaurant. "I had to decide what to say, he's so scandal-ridden", she said. She said she approached him and calmly and quietly critiqued his resistance to clean air and clean water. Most of them, however have not encountered people as polite as Mink. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, and White House adviser Stephen Miller were harassed and forced to leave restaurants, in separate incidents.

Simultaneously, a Washington Post report chronicles a host of Pruitt's previously unknown ethical misdeeds, including using his post as EPA administrator to try to rustle up his wife Marlyn a job paying at least $200,000.

"So, I would urge you to resign before your scandals push you out", she added.

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The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is conducting a sweeping inquiry into Scott Pruitt's spending, ethics and management of the EPA, including his frequent first-class travel and the circumstances of a condo he rented from the wife of an energy lobbyist for $50 a night.

"Administrator Pruitt always welcomes input from Americans, whether they agree or disagree with the decisions being made at EPA".

"He had no response, he had no defense, he had no apology, he did no explaining, he did no denying", she said of Pruitt.

He has also said climate change may be good for the environment.

The EPA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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